Talbot County, Maryland

Fair Housing

Fair Housing Equal Opportunity for All

"The American Dream of having a safe and decent place to call 'home' reflects our shared belief that in this nation, opportunity and success are within everyone's reach. Under our Fair Housing laws, every citizen is assured the opportunity to build a better life in the home or apartment of their choice - regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, family status or disability." 

How Do You Recognize HOUSING DISCRIMINATION?
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing based on these factors... 

• Race
• Color
• National origin
• Religion
• Sex
• Familial status (families with children under the age of 18, or who are   expecting a child)
• Disability

Under the Fair Housing Act, it is Against the Law to:
• Refuse to rent to you or sell you housing

• Tell you housing is unavailable when in fact it is available

• Show you apartments or homes only in certain neighborhoods

• Set different terms, conditions, or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling

• Provide different housing services or facilities

• Advertise housing to preferred groups of people only

• Refuse to provide you with information regarding mortgage loans, deny you a mortgage loan, or impose different terms or conditions on a mortgage loan

• Deny you property insurance

• Conduct property appraisals in a discriminatory manner

• Refuse to let you make reasonable modifications to your dwelling or common use areas, at your expense, if it may be necessary for you to fully use the housing. (Where reasonable, a landlord may permit changes only if you agree to restore the property to its original condition when you move.)

• Refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services if it may be necessary for you to use the housing on an equal basis with nondisabled persons

• Fail to design and construct housing in an accessible manner

• Harass, coerce, intimidate, or interfere with anyone exercising or assisting someone else with his/her fair housing rights

Additional Protection If You Have a Disability: 
If you or someone associated with you have a physical or mental disability (including hearing, mobility and visual impairments, cancer, chronic mental illness, HIV/ AIDS, or mental retardation) that substantially limits one or more major life activities a housing provider may not:

• Refuse to let you make reasonable modifications to your dwelling or common use areas, at your expense, if it may be necessary for you to fully use the housing. (Where reasonable, a landlord may permit changes only if you agree to restore the property to its original condition when you move.)
• Refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services if it may be necessary for you to use the housing on an equal basis with nondisabled persons. 

Example: A building with a "no pets" policy must allow a visually impaired tenant to keep a guide dog. 

Example: An apartment complex that offers tenants ample, unassigned parking must honor a request from a mobility-impaired tenant for a reserved space near her apartment if it may be necessary to assure that she can have access to her apartment.

If you believe your rights have been violated, a HUD or a State or local fair housing agency is ready to help you file a complaint.

To file electronically, visit:  www.hud.gov/fairhousing

HUD Hotline: 1-800-669-9777

Maryland Residents Contact: 

PHILADELPHIA REGIONAL OFFICE
Fair Housing Office U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East Philadelphia, PA 19107-9344
Ph.   215-861-7646 or 1-888-799-2085
Fax  215-656-3449
TTY  215-656-3450
E-mail: Complaints_office_03@hud.gov

Talbot County residents, do you need assistance filing a Fair Housing Complaint?  

Contact the Housing Coordinator,Sheena Van Ornum
Ph. 410-770-6879
svanornum@talbotcountymd.gov

Please leave a message and the coordinator will return your call within one business day.

What Happens When You File A Complaint? 

HUD will notify you in writing when your complaint is accepted for filing under the Fair Housing Act.

HUD also will:

• Notify the alleged violator (respondent) of the filing of your complaint, and allow the respondent time to submit a written answer to the complaint. 

• Investigate your complaint, and determine whether or not there is reasonable cause to believe that the respondent violated the Fair Housing Act. 

• Notify you and the respondent if HUD cannot complete its investigation within 100 days of filing your complaint, and provide reason for the delay.

 

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